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October 8, 1944 (age 77)|
Cape Girardeau, Missouri, U.S.
|Occupation||Marine, actor, radio host|
GySgt Chavez (?-1979) (divorced)|
Kathryn Clayton (1983-?) (divorced) 2 children
Julia Dye (2006-present)
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1964–84|
|Unit||1st Battalion 5th Marines|
Purple Heart (3)
Dale Adam Dye (born October 8, 1944) is an American author, actor, presenter, businessman, and retired United States Marine Corps captain who served in combat during the Vietnam War. In military parlance, Dye is a Marine Corps Limited Duty Officer (LDO), also known as a mustang, i.e., someone who began as an enlisted service member and earned their commission after enlistment, in Dye's case rising all the way from Private to Captain.
Early life and Marine service[edit | edit source]
Fellow Marine correspondent Gustav Hasford dubbed him "Daddy D.A" (as he was among the oldest of the correspondents) and included him as a character in his first semi-autobiographical Vietnam novel, The Short-Timers, and more extensively in his second, The Phantom Blooper. The movie based on Hasford's first novel, Full Metal Jacket, included the "Daddy D.A" character (played by Keith Hodiak), though neither the character nor Dye's name is explicitly mentioned in the dialogue.
"And there was a Marine correspondent, Sergeant Dale Dye, who sat with a tall yellow flower sticking out of his helmet cover, a really outstanding target. He was rolling his eyes around and saying, 'Oh yes, oh yes, Charlie's got his shit together here, this will be bad,' and smiling happily. It was the same smile I saw a week later when a sniper's bullet tore up a wall two inches above his head, odd cause for amusement in anyone but a grunt."
Writing career[edit | edit source]
Dye has written a number of novels, including Run Between The Raindrops (1985, also published as Citadel) and Conduct Unbecoming (1992.) In addition he wrote the novelisation of the film Platoon.
Founding Warriors, Inc. and other work[edit | edit source]
After his retirement in 1984 from the United States Marines, Dye founded Warriors, Inc., a California company that specializes in training actors for realistic military portrayals, for movies of the war genre. In the 1986 movie Platoon, he played Captain Harris and served as military technical advisor. He also wrote the novelization based on Oliver Stone's screenplay.
Dye has also appeared in some of the films of which his company has served. He played a role in the movie Casualties of War and also played Colonel Robert F. Sink in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, on which his company also worked, and is now beginning a directing career. He appeared in Outbreak portraying Lieutenant Colonel Briggs, a US Army officer. He plays Theodore Roosevelt's superior officer, Colonel Leonard Wood, in the TNT miniseries Rough Riders. He has a small role in Saving Private Ryan as an aide to General George Catlett Marshall as well as a role playing the Admiral's aide, Captain Garza, in Under Siege and Under Siege 2. He has another small role in Spy Game as Commander Wiley during the rescue sequence, in Mission Impossible as Frank Barnes of CIA, in JFK as General Y, and in Starship Troopers as a high-ranking officer in the aftermath of the Brain Bug capture. Dye played himself in Entourage, teaching Vince to scuba dive in preparation for his role in Aquaman. He appeared in the 2011 Tom Hanks film Larry Crowne.
Additionally, Dye used to host a Sunday evening radio show on KFI AM 640, Los Angeles. He occasionally does fill-in. Dye has also been involved in the Medal of Honor series of video games as a consultant. He was featured in two tracks on Hoobastank's CD Every Man for Himself. He hosted The History Channel's documentary series The Conquerors. He consulted for Lucas Art 2008 scheduled Fracture video game as well as appearing in a cameo role as Col. Robert Sink (Commander of the 101st Airborne Division's 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment) in a video game Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway. He was the technical adviser for the 1994 Oliver Stone movie Natural Born Killers.
Dye has also worked on the HBO companion piece to Band of Brothers, the ten-part mini-series The Pacific, which was shot in Australia.
Dye currently plays Col. Porter in the TNT science fiction series Falling Skies.
Dye, along with wife Julia and comic book artist Gerry Kissell created one of 2011's critically acclaimed and best selling graphic novels, Code Word: Geronimo, for publisher IDW Publishing, that tells the story of the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's compound.
Military awards[edit | edit source]
Dye's military decorations include:
- Bronze Star with 'V' for Valor (Vietnam 1968)
- Purple Heart (3)
- Meritorious Service Medal (Okinawa)
- Joint Service Commendation Medal
- Navy Commendation Medal (2) with combat 'V' (Vietnam and Beirut)
- Air Force Commendation Medal
- Navy Achievement Medal with Combat 'V' Device
- Combat Action Ribbon (2) (Vietnam and Beirut)
- Navy and Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation (4)
- Navy Unit Commendation (2)
- Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
- Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (4)
- Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
- National Defense Service Medal
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
- Vietnam Service Medal ()
- Humanitarian Service Medal
- Sea Service Ribbon (4)
- Overseas Service Ribbon
- RVN Staff Service Medal – 1st Class
- RVN Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm
- RVN Civil Action Unit Citation
- RVN Vietnam Campaign Medal
- Legionnaire, Order of Saint Maurice (Ancient and Honorable Order of Infantrymen)
Filmography[edit | edit source]
|Invaders from Mars||Squad Leader|
|Born on the Fourth of July||Infantry Col.|
|Casualties of War||Capt. Hill|
|The Favorite||French officer|
|Fire Birds||A.K. McNeil|
|The Fourth War||Sgt. Ma.|
|Servants of Twilight||Police officer|
|1992||Under Siege||Capt. Nick Garza|
|1993||Heaven & Earth||Larry|
|Guarding Tess||Charles Ivy|
|Natural Born Killers||Dale Wrigley|
|Blue Sky||Col. Mike Anwalt|
|The Puppet Masters||Brande|
|1995||Outbreak||Lt. Col. Briggs|
|Under Siege 2: Dark Territory||Capt. Nick Garza|
|1996||Sgt. Bilko||First Engineer|
|Mission: Impossible||Frank Barnes|
|1997||Trial and Error||Dr. Stone|
|1998||Saving Private Ryan||War Dept. Colonel|
|1999||A Table for One||Vernon Harpwood|
|2000||Rules of Engagement||Gen. Perry|
|2001||Spy Game||Cdr. Wiley|
|2003||Missing Brendan||Gen. Temekin|
|2005||The Great Raid||Gen. Kreuger|
|2007||Music Within||Capt. Ruzicka|
|2010||Knight and Day||Frank Jenkins|
|1987||Billionaire Boys Club||Defense attorney|
|1988||Supercarrier||Capt. Henry K. 'Hank' Madigan|
|Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Closed Set||Assistant Director|
|1989||The Neon Empire||Chief Bates|
|1990||The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson||Supporting role in TV movie|
|1991||Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis||Maj. Green|
|L.A. Law||Guest star on Episode 5.11 Rest in Pieces|
|1992||Raven||Col. Paul David Mackay|
|Dead On: Relentless II||Capt. Rivers|
|1995||JAG||Sgt. Maj. Hollis|
|1996||Space: Above and Beyond||Maj. Jack Colquitt|
|Within the Rock||General Hurst|
|1997||Rough Riders||Col. Leonard Wood|
|1998||Seven Days||Gen. Cole|
|Operation Delta Force 2: Mayday||Capt. Halsey Lang|
|JAG||Col. Bill Cobb|
|1999||Air America||Capt. Gage|
|Mutiny||Supporting role in TV movie|
|2000||The Others||Capt. Ken Radley|
|2001||Band of Brothers||Col. Robert Sink|
|2003||44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out||SWAT Lt.|
|2006||Las Vegas||Sgt. Burn|
|Commander in Chief||Gen. Peter Allyson|
|2007||The Loop||Ralph Somkin|
|2010||Cold Case||Al Wasserlauf|
|Entourage||Firearms Instructor / Scuba Instructor|
|2011–2013||Falling Skies||General Porter|
References[edit | edit source]
Further reading[edit | edit source]
- Herr, Michael (1977). "Chapter 2: Hell Sucks". Dispatches. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. pp. 70–85.
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